This course introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice.
Sustainable development will be explored through theories and case studies from a range of Disciplines. You also will learn about planetary boundaries, urbanisation and growing inequality, to show how integral sustainable development is to our everyday existence.
This course will attempt to provide key content knowledge to bridge the science and the practice of the application and enhancement of sustainable development. The course draws on contemporary examples from both The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to address the world’s most urgent challenges, with emphasis on the linkages between science and policy.
Module 1: What is Sustainable Development? Introduction to key concepts and challenges to sustainable development.
Module 2: Drivers of Inequality Why do some countries advance while others stay poor?
Module 3: Ending Extreme Poverty Considers strategies for addressing extreme poverty and the impact of the Millennium Development Goals.
Module 4: Growth within Planetary Boundaries How can we ensure we grow sustainably and remain within the planetary boundaries?
Module 5: Sustainable Development Goals The future of sustainable development requires a global approach. Considers the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Module 6: Human Rights and Gender Equality Introduction to the challenges around equality, equity and fairness to all.
Module 7: Education and Sustainable Development Introduction to a life-cycle approach to development, and the role of education in sustainable development.
Module 8: Environmental and Human Health Exploration of how primary health care systems are linked to poverty, and the interaction between the environment and human health.
Module 9: Sustainable Food Supply Discusses food and water security, and how we can work towards a sustainable global food supply.
Module 10: Sustainable Cities What makes a city sustainable? Introduction to the influence of increasing urbanization.
Module 11: Curbing Climate Change Introduction to the science of climate change and how we can mitigate its effects.
Module 12: Saving Biodiversity Exploration of the threats to biodiversity, from oceans to forests, and the need for international cooperation.